Bronx gas explosion injures 9, including 6 children

Two people were in critical condition

A gas explosion on the second floor of a building in the Bronx Thursday afternoon injured six children and three adults, the FDNY said. 

"There were windows and doors blown out and several victims within the structure," FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief John Sarrocco said. "Units entered the structure, rescued approximately eight patients, two of which were in critical condition."

A gas explosion in the East Bronx Thursday afternoon injured nine people, including six children. 

A gas explosion in the East Bronx Thursday afternoon injured nine people, including six children.  (NYC Emergency Management)

The explosion happened in the area of Paulding Avenue and Poplar Street in the East Bronx, according to NYPD Chief Terence Monahan

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A video posted by a PIX 11 reporter showed that the blast was powerful enough to blow the front door across the street, lodging it in powerlines. 

Authorities said the public should avoid the area as emergency responders tend to the scene.